Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Nova Scotia- Cohort 54

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
The world's most experienced forest therapy guide trainers invite you join a growing global movement and an activist community that is making a difference--by rebuilding the relationships between people and the more-than-human-world of nature.

Enrollment Open

Weeklong Intensive: 29 April- 6 May 2020 | Practicum Ends: 20 November 2020
Forest Therapy Guide Training
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Nova Scotia- Cohort 54

Discover the diversity and abundance of this legacy forest on Nova Scotia's south shore

A Forest Therapy Guide facilitates safe gentle walks, providing instructions—referred to as “invitations”—for sensory opening activities along the way. These walks follow a standard sequence. Each walk begins with establishing embodied contact with the present moment and place. Next come a series of connective invitations, often improvised in the moment and adapted to the needs of participants. These may be followed by wander time and/or sit spot. The walks end with a ceremony of sharing tea made from foraged local plants.

Forest therapy walks are not hikes in the traditional sense. An entire walk is typically 2 to 4 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter mile distance. In that short distance most people experience contact with nature in a much deeper way than they ever have prior to the walk. On Forest Therapy walks, people have a wide range of experiences, some of which they feel are significant, even profound. Guides are trained in the skills and perspectives needed to be supportive witnesses of these experiences.

During these walks people experience the therapeutic power of the forest. The forest itself is the therapist. We don't train therapists; we train guides. By slowing people down and facilitating sensory experiencing, guides open the doorways through which the forest can accomplish its healing work.

Our trainers are among the most experienced guides in the world and each one undergoes a rigorous training process beyond their certification as guides. The trainers listed below on this page are subject to change based on trainer availability; no matter which trainers you work with, you will be taught by the best in the field.

In this training, you will learn:

  • The Standard Sequence of Guided Forest Therapy Walks
  • Professional standards and competencies: what a Forest Therapy Guide should know and be able to do
  • The pedagogy and fundamentals of nature connection
  • Nature and forest therapy research and effects on health care and well-being
  • Our framework for the Way of the Guide, wisdom on the inner aspects of the art gained through decades of experience
  • The leadership skills and style of the Guide archetype
  • Creating space for others to find their own authentic nature connection
  • Accelerating connection to deep mindfulness and bodyfulness through simple sensory invitations
  • What makes a good setting for forest therapy
  • How to facilitate restorative human connection through storytelling and witnessing
  • Our theoretical framework of deep nature connection through embodiment, liminality, reciprocity and relationship
  • Sequencing forest therapy invitations for maximum impact and benefit
  • Expressive arts activities for forest therapy
  • Somatic techniques for embodied awareness
  • Our aim is simple: to train competent guides. However, many participants report that this training profoundly affects many aspects of their lives.
Who should attend
About the Venue:

Windhorse Farm

Windhorse is a magical natural landscape and vibrant community located on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore; it comprises sustainably managed woodlands, a wood products business, organic permaculture gardens, a conference centre with state of the art facilities, off-the-grid cabins, and unlimited opportunities for visitors to engage with nature.

In all its activities,Windhorse is about experiencing the depth of the human experience, ​and the essence of genuineness, as reflected in natural systems.

Lodging

Participants will stay in the Juniper Lodge with 19 beds (4 are doubles). Food (3 vegetarian meals a day) and lodging (including tax) will cost $1,138.50 CAD for the week (approximately $870.00 USD). Camping is also available at $20/tent per night if one person is staying the tent.  It’s an additional $10 for each additional person in the tent.  HST is applicable to all pricing, so there’s an additional 15% tax on the accommodation.

Participants will book directly with Windhorse.

Meals

Three vegetarian meals will be served each day. The cost is included with lodging.

Schedule
Transportation

The venue is located  1.5 hours from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Cabs and shuttles are available.

Tuition

Tuition for the six-month Guide Training and Certification Program is $3410 USD. This includes the week-long intensive training and six months of mentored practicum. It does not include travel, lodging, ground transportation, or meals. Please check current exchange rates for conversion to CAD or other currencies.

Training staff are not yet assigned to this event. Our staff are the most experienced forest therapy trainers in the world.  You may be confident that we will provide an excellent staff team.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Nova Scotia- Cohort 54

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
The world's most experienced forest therapy guide trainers invite you join a growing global movement and an activist community that is making a difference--by rebuilding the relationships between people and the more-than-human-world of nature.

Enrollment Open

Weeklong Intensive: 29 April- 6 May 2020 | Practicum Ends: 20 November 2020
Nova Scotia- Cohort 54
|
Nova Scotia, Canada

Discover the diversity and abundance of this legacy forest on Nova Scotia's south shore

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Windhorse Farm

Windhorse is a magical natural landscape and vibrant community located on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore; it comprises sustainably managed woodlands, a wood products business, organic permaculture gardens, a conference centre with state of the art facilities, off-the-grid cabins, and unlimited opportunities for visitors to engage with nature.

In all its activities,Windhorse is about experiencing the depth of the human experience, ​and the essence of genuineness, as reflected in natural systems.

Lodging

Participants will stay in the Juniper Lodge with 19 beds (4 are doubles). Food (3 vegetarian meals a day) and lodging (including tax) will cost $1,138.50 CAD for the week (approximately $870.00 USD). Camping is also available at $20/tent per night if one person is staying the tent.  It’s an additional $10 for each additional person in the tent.  HST is applicable to all pricing, so there’s an additional 15% tax on the accommodation.

Participants will book directly with Windhorse.

Meals

Three vegetarian meals will be served each day. The cost is included with lodging.

Transportation

The venue is located  1.5 hours from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Cabs and shuttles are available.

Training staff are not yet assigned to this event. Our staff are the most experienced forest therapy trainers in the world.  You may be confident that we will provide an excellent staff team.

Forest Therapy Guide Training

|

Nova Scotia- Cohort 54

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
The world's most experienced forest therapy guide trainers invite you join a growing global movement and an activist community that is making a difference--by rebuilding the relationships between people and the more-than-human-world of nature.
Weeklong Intensive: 29 April- 6 May 2020 | Practicum Ends: 20 November 2020
Nova Scotia- Cohort 54
|
Nova Scotia

Discover the diversity and abundance of this legacy forest on Nova Scotia's south shore

Tuition for the six-month Guide Training and Certification Program is $3410 USD. This includes the week-long intensive training and six months of mentored practicum. It does not include travel, lodging, ground transportation, or meals. Please check current exchange rates for conversion to CAD or other currencies.

A Forest Therapy Guide facilitates safe gentle walks, providing instructions—referred to as “invitations”—for sensory opening activities along the way. These walks follow a standard sequence. Each walk begins with establishing embodied contact with the present moment and place. Next come a series of connective invitations, often improvised in the moment and adapted to the needs of participants. These may be followed by wander time and/or sit spot. The walks end with a ceremony of sharing tea made from foraged local plants.

Forest therapy walks are not hikes in the traditional sense. An entire walk is typically 2 to 4 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter mile distance. In that short distance most people experience contact with nature in a much deeper way than they ever have prior to the walk. On Forest Therapy walks, people have a wide range of experiences, some of which they feel are significant, even profound. Guides are trained in the skills and perspectives needed to be supportive witnesses of these experiences.

During these walks people experience the therapeutic power of the forest. The forest itself is the therapist. We don't train therapists; we train guides. By slowing people down and facilitating sensory experiencing, guides open the doorways through which the forest can accomplish its healing work.

Our trainers are among the most experienced guides in the world and each one undergoes a rigorous training process beyond their certification as guides. The trainers listed below on this page are subject to change based on trainer availability; no matter which trainers you work with, you will be taught by the best in the field.

In this training, you will learn:

  • The Standard Sequence of Guided Forest Therapy Walks
  • Professional standards and competencies: what a Forest Therapy Guide should know and be able to do
  • The pedagogy and fundamentals of nature connection
  • Nature and forest therapy research and effects on health care and well-being
  • Our framework for the Way of the Guide, wisdom on the inner aspects of the art gained through decades of experience
  • The leadership skills and style of the Guide archetype
  • Creating space for others to find their own authentic nature connection
  • Accelerating connection to deep mindfulness and bodyfulness through simple sensory invitations
  • What makes a good setting for forest therapy
  • How to facilitate restorative human connection through storytelling and witnessing
  • Our theoretical framework of deep nature connection through embodiment, liminality, reciprocity and relationship
  • Sequencing forest therapy invitations for maximum impact and benefit
  • Expressive arts activities for forest therapy
  • Somatic techniques for embodied awareness
  • Our aim is simple: to train competent guides. However, many participants report that this training profoundly affects many aspects of their lives.
About the Venue:

Windhorse Farm

Windhorse is a magical natural landscape and vibrant community located on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore; it comprises sustainably managed woodlands, a wood products business, organic permaculture gardens, a conference centre with state of the art facilities, off-the-grid cabins, and unlimited opportunities for visitors to engage with nature.

In all its activities,Windhorse is about experiencing the depth of the human experience, ​and the essence of genuineness, as reflected in natural systems.

Lodging

Participants will stay in the Juniper Lodge with 19 beds (4 are doubles). Food (3 vegetarian meals a day) and lodging (including tax) will cost $1,138.50 CAD for the week (approximately $870.00 USD). Camping is also available at $20/tent per night if one person is staying the tent.  It’s an additional $10 for each additional person in the tent.  HST is applicable to all pricing, so there’s an additional 15% tax on the accommodation.

Participants will book directly with Windhorse.

Meals

Three vegetarian meals will be served each day. The cost is included with lodging.

Transportation

The venue is located  1.5 hours from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Cabs and shuttles are available.